ERIC Number: ED220545
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun-23
Reference Count: 0
Graduate Engineering Studies for Minorities: A Prospective.
Adams, Howard G.
Statistics indicate that between 1977 and 1981, the number of graduate degrees in engineering awarded to members of minority groups in the United States constituted only 2.3 percent of the total number of master's and doctorate degrees awarded in the field over that period. A major reason for the relatively small number of minorities with advanced engineering degrees is the widely-held assumption that there are no barriers to minority access to graduate programs. In fact, when minority students assess their chances for success in graduate school, they confront such barriers as 1) the difficulty of locating supportive campus communities; 2) the difficulty of being admitted to the school of one's choice, considering the subjectivity of the admissions process; 3) the paucity of financial assistance grants for minority graduate students; and 4) problems of strained student-adviser relationships, often due to conflicting cultural backgrounds. Such barriers to access must be removed by intensifying minority recruitment efforts into graduate engineering programs; restructuring the admissions process and reformulating admissions criteria; insuring that minorities are aware of and can compete for the full range of financial resources available; and creating academic milieus conducive to fully developing minority graduate students' academic potentials. (Author/MJL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Support Systems
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (90th, College Station, TX, June 23, 1982).